Soothes sunburn, rashes and grazes
Relieves period pain
Treats athlete's foot and thrush
Make a herbal tea by infusing two teaspoons of marigold in 750ml water. Drink up to five cups a day.
Apply an astringent and antiseptic essential oil. Crush some marigold flowers and apply the resulting liquid directly onto your cold sore using an earbud to speed up the healing.
Fungal and skin infections:
For an unexpected bout of athlete's foot or any other minor skin infection, the marigold herb will bring relief if used externally.
Marigold can soothe any red and inflamed skin, such as nappy rash, acne and sore nipples.
Do not mistake this species (calendula officinalis) with the french marigold, Tagetes patula.
(Zaakirah Rossier, Health24, updated October 2010)